School of Computing

Ian McLoughlin

Head of School (Medway) / Professor of Computing

Photo of IV McLoughlin, if available
  • Room M3-29
    Medway Building
    University of Kent,
    ME4 4AG


My publications are available from the University of Kent's Academic Repository.

Also see my Google Scholar page.

Research Interests

About Professor McLoughlin

Over the past 29 years, Professor McLoughlin worked his way up from the most junior job grade in the electronics R&D industry to the most senior. He then repeated that in academia, becoming a Professor in 2012 (one of the few with experience in the 'real world' of industry).

After starting his career with about 5 years in industry, Professor McLoughlin undertook a PhD at the University of Birmingham in the UK. Soon afterwards he moved overseas to work in Singapore (10 years), New Zealand (5 years) and China (3 years), and has had short term work placements in several other countries. He returned to the UK in 2015 where he is now Head of School for the School of Computing in Medway (the school has two campuses, the main one is in Canterbury, the second one is in Medway).

Professor McLoughlin speaks Mandarin Chinese, 1st Century Greek, and likes to speak several other languages very badly (e.g. Malay).

Publications and Funding

Over his career, he has published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers, including in the most prestigious journals in his field, has 15 patents, and has received more than £5 million in personal research funding. He has been invited to deliver keynote speeches at international conferences, speak at award ceremonies in three countries and lead two large scale multi-country, multi-discipline research programmes with a combined budget of over £25 million. Almost all of this has been achieved during the past 8 years.

He has published several books, including two for Cambridge University Press and one for McGraw-Hill.


In 2005 Professor McLoughlin won the inaugural IEE/IET global Innovation in Engineering Award with a team he was leading in New Zealand, for innovative product design.

He became a Fellow of the IET (FIET) in 2013, a Senior Member of IEEE in 2004, a Eur. Ing. in 2003 and a chartered Electronic Engineer in 1998.

Professor McLoughlin was voted best teacher in USTC in 2015, and second best teacher in 2014 and has consistently maintained one of the top teaching feedback scores in his school for undergraduate lecturing.


With a great love of technology and an active interest in the application of Computer Engineering to the world, Professor McLoughlin has worked on a number of projects, including in the following areas:

  1. Speech signal processing
  2. Audio systems
  3. Human hearing and human-inspired machine hearing
  4. Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR), Language identification (LID)
  5. Embedded systems
  6. The ARM processor
  7. The Bionic Voice Project
  8. Super-audible Speech
Prospective PhD students if you are interested to work in the above areas, I always have projects on the go that are looking for good people. Why not email me [] and let me know your interests and we'll see where you can fit in: don't worry I'm always happy to talk to prospective PhD applicants!

Please refer to my personal website:

School of Computing, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF

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Last Updated: 16/06/2019